Dr. A. J. Swoboda (PhD, Birmingham) is the lead mentor for the Doctor of Ministry program at Friends University. He is the associate professor of Bible, theology and World Christianity at Bushnell University. For nearly ten years, he served as a college pastor on the campus of the University of Oregon. Then, for another decade, planted and pastored an urban church in Portland, Oregon called Theophilus that continues to worship to this day. He has taught at Southeastern University, Northern Seminary, Portland Seminary, Multnomah University, London School of Theology, and LIFE Pacific University. He is the author of ten books, including Redeeming How we Talk (Moody), After Doubt (Brazos), and the award-winning Subversive Sabbath (Brazos). As well, he is the co-host of the “Slow Theology” podcast with New Testament scholar Dr. Nijay Gupta that reaches thousands each week. He loves Jesus deeply, has been married to Quinn for eighteen years, and is the proud father of one son, Elliot. They live and work on an urban farm in Eugene, Oregon.
B.A., New Hope Christian College; M.A., Portland Seminary; Ph.D., University of Birmingham